Author, Writing Coach

Jen Knox is an award-winning author, teacher, and speaker. Her debut novel, We Arrive Uninvited, is the 2021 Prose Award winner from Steel Toe Books and will be available in fall 2022.


Jen was a high school drop-out who went on to find purpose through writing, which led her to earn a BA in English at Otterbein University (cum laude) and an MFA from Bennington College. Her short fiction can now be found in over a hundred publications around the world, including The Best Small Fictions (edited by Amy Hempel), Chicago Tribune, Chicago Quarterly Review, Room Magazine, and The Saturday Evening Post. Her collections include The Glass City (Prize Americana winner), Resolutions (AUX Media), and After the Gazebo (a Pen/Faulkner nominee). Jen’s chapbook of flash fiction, Dandelion Ghosts, was released in 2021, and she is currently working on a craft book about how to write compelling fiction.

Jen coaches writers 1:1 and offers idea-to-publication services through Unleash Creatives LLC, a holistic arts organization she founded and co-owns. 


"Jen Knox writes the healthy fiction equivalent of the detox smoothie you’d get if you poured half a cup of Mary Gaitskill, two tablespoons of Mary Robison, a teaspoonful of Raymond Carver, and some chilly Laura van den Berg into a Tom Waits blender and hit puree."
Richard Peabody, editor Gargoyle Magazine on After the Gazebo.

"A word after a word after a word is power." --Margaret Atwood



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